Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, November 14, 2011 to Sunday, November 20, 2011:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Location: On our property at Rockleigh

Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus) (5) Species number 55 for our property. 
We cannot be sure of the identity of 4 of the birds as only one flew low enough 
to see its black face mask. Most of the time they were flying very high while 
calling almost continuously.

Our second black-shouldered kite chick flew during the last week. Now there are 
2 baby magpies sitting in their nest  with their heads showing. We heard them 
calling for food and tracked them down.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Monday, November 14, 2011


Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Location: Sandgate Street, Reynella

Eastern Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) (1) Looks this bird has returned to area it 
spent time in at approximately this time last year. Was seen calling from a 
tall Eucalypt in Sandgate Street.  Heard calling again at 7am this morning from 
Rockley Road, Sarah Ct area.

Reported by: Chris Hankel on Monday, November 14, 2011


Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Location: Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park. Barossa.

Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) (1) One adult circling low above the 
open area just beyond the entrance gate.  Good views were obtained to note key 
features i.e.  Long wings, streaked breast and grayish face. Observers: Roly 
Lloyd and Edward Smith.

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) (1) One bird near entrance gate 
along the trail. Initially found by hearing the call. A very uncommon species 
for the reverse. Roly Lloyd and Edward Smith.

Reported by: Edward Smith on Monday, November 14, 2011


Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Location: Globe Derby Wetlands, Whites Road. Globe Derby Park . Adelaide.

Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) (1) Up to 11 Australian Painted 
Snipe observed near the southern side of the dam. They were huddled  in a tight 
group along the shoreline were there is plenty of exposed mud. It is possible 
that there were more birds present due to the favorable conditions. Observers: 
Edward Smith and Roly Lloyd.

Reported by: Edward Smith on Monday, November 14, 2011


Date: Monday, November 14, 2011

Location: St Hallett Winery, Tanunda - Barossa Valley

Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) (1) A single Square-tailed Kite came up 
from the south slowly circling about 100m up till it got directly above the 
winery, then it glided off in a north westerly direction towards the Tanunda 
Sewage Ponds. Managed good views, then tried to get the camera from the car but 
only a few average photos were taken as it had gotten too far away! This is the 
third sighting in the central Barossa region in three weeks!

Reported by: Chris Steeles on Monday, November 14, 2011


Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Location: Price Salt Field.

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (6,000) Later in the morning I found 
the bulk of the Banded Stilts on the ponds further away from the ocean side of 
the site.  Looked like more than 50% were adults. Red-necked Avocets dotted 
around with them.

Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor) (80) Found these birds out along the 
southern boundry road.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (10) Whimbrels seen in the area that has the best 
selection of waders resting.

Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) (10) Didn't find these birds while 
searching but saw them fly out over the Mangroves later in the morning.

Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) (8) We were dissapointed to find such a small number 
of Fairy Terns.

Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) (8) Nice to see some of these birds, 
Whiskered Terns were there in large numbers.

This was a visit into the Price Salt Fileds for the Fairy Tern Survey and 
dissapointing from that point of view. The tide was very high and the waders 
stayed around, we had great views untill they started to fly out after 9.30am. 

I was there with Margie Tiller, Chris Thomas and Beryl.

Reported by: Teresa Jack on Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Location: Onkaparinga Wetlands

Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) (4) Four birds were seen 
foraging in inundated boggy grass bordering the largest dam situated along the 
trail just north of the river.

Reported by: Edward Smith on Thursday, November 17, 2011


Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Location: Tennyson Beach

Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) (2) Two birds on upper edge of dunes 180m 
north of beach access opposite Fort Street, Grange. Sue Burnell informs me that 
these birds have been present for several days, and that approximately three 
weeks ago she saw a group of eight Brown Quail approximately 200m further north 
of this location.

Reported by: Bob Snell on Friday, November 18, 2011


Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011

Location: Pond alongside South Rd Onkaparinga Wetlands

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (1) one bird in group of Black Duck

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (1) one male in breeding plumage

Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) (1) one female seen

Reported by: William Brooker on Sunday, November 20, 2011


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